KT is a little tangent-happy today.
V: 2.04 “Unholy Alliance”
I love episode titles where you can go through the episode and say, “Hey it applies to that… and that… and even that!” This one does pretty well.
The most on-the-nose of the episode’s unholy alliances takes place during Anna’s trip to the Vatican. She manages to walk away with the support of the Catholic Church, but being Anna, she’s never doing just one thing at a time. With one visit she builds an alliance, intimidates the entire College of Cardinals, and continues digging for answers about the human soul.
Anna’s obsession with the soul fascinates me because here’s a case in which alien characters are given dialogue that doesn’t always make sense, not because they have Amazing Technology or Advanced Philosophy that we just don’t understand, but because they don’t quite understand us. And if you think about all the ways in which various cultures around the globe don’t quite understand each other, writing the Vs this way seems perfectly natural. Anna’s misunderstandings are more subtle and feel more genuine than, say Spock insisting that he doesn’t understand human emotion.
All that to say that I really enjoyed watching the gears turn in Anna’s head when the priest told her first that he believes the soul outlives the body, and then that without the soul we would be mere animals. Morena Baccarin played the scene so openly she might as well have had thought bubbles reading “Wait, what?” and then “Ahhh, perfect.”
The priest himself turned out to be in a surprising alliance with imprisoned V queen mother Diana. Together, they prevented Anna from learning what he knew, but it hardly ended well for any of them, especially the poor priest. I found him interesting, and I particularly like the way he was gradually introduced. First just a close-up to tag him as The Disapproving One. Then discussion of the ring he was wearing. For a moment, I thought it might be a cardinal’s ring and that he might be the actual cardinal and having another man stand in for him for some reason. (Ah, I thought at the time, that must be why this cardinal with such a German name has such an American accent! But no, apparently we just weren’t supposed to think too hard about that.) Anna suggests he might be a sleeper, but his blasé reaction to her blue energy display — in great contrast to the group of awestruck priests — made it clear that he was definitely a V, but also definitely aware of his own identity. Nicely done, show.
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